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Re: I need advice on bus by Mark O.
Post New Message About specific buses to avoid, there are several.

The least expensive buses on the market were made by Carpenter. In the past Carpenter made a really nice bus but the build quality really went downhill in the last years of production. Certain Carpenter built bus bodies were subject to recalls because the roof bows were not welded correctly. The short story is in a lot of those buses the only thing holding the roof on is the sheet metal.

If you don't have any body at your church that knows anything about buses your best bet would be to stay with a bus that is still supported by a dealer service network--Thomas, Blue Bird, and I-C.

My first choice is for inline six cylinder diesel engines. There are some good V-8's out there but the I-6's have a lot more pulling power on hills, usually get better fuel economy, and usually have fewere problems. Stay away from the Cummins 555, the GM 8.2L, and the IHC 9.0L. They are all obsolete for a reason. And because they are obsolete parts and service for them is getting very difficult.

As far as transmissions go, the only way to go is with an automatic. A church bus is going to be driven by a lot of people, most of whom rarely drive a bus. The easier it is to drive the easier it will be to get people to drive it. The HT700 series is the best (rarely found in most school buses), the MT600 series is next to best(found in most heavier duty school buses), and the AT500 series is last choice (found in lighter duty school buses). All of the Allisons are good transmissions but the heavier duty they are the longer they live.

Good luck.

Mark O.
Castle Rock, WA
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